May using DJ skills for good cause

May using DJ skills for good cause

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- During the season, he's Twins right-hander Trevor May. In the offseason, he's DJ MAyZR.

In his spare time, May is a budding DJ, who releases tracks to his fans via social media, including his latest, "Balvenie," which was released this week for $1 with the proceeds going to the Twins Community Fund, the club's largest charity organization. May describes the track as a "house tune built to invoke groovy, techno vibes."

May estimated it took him roughly 30-40 hours to create the song, which he finished roughly two weeks before he left for Spring Training. He used the popular music production program, Abelton, on his MacBook computer, to sample sounds. He wrote, composed and edited the track himself. After four years of learning how to create his own music, he finally felt comfortable enough to partner his work with the community fund, which raises money for youth baseball programs in Minnesota.

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"Usually I just release them for free, but to be honest, that wasn't really doing anything, and I put a lot of effort into this one," May said. "I've thrown around the idea for releasing songs for charity, and the Twins Community Fund is a great way to do it. I really hadn't gotten a song where I felt comfortable releasing it to the public in that capacity, and this was the first one."

The 26-year-old, who is competing for the final spot in Minnesota's rotation but could head to the bullpen where he thrived last year, first got into making his own tracks during the 2011 offseason while a top prospect in the Phillies' organization.

May, who was traded to the Twins before the 2013 season, said it took him about two years before he really knew what he was doing, and that he was self-taught, learning how to do it by watching YouTube videos. He uses a piece of equipment called a push, which is essentially a controller that features 64 buttons and various knobs that allows him to enter different sounds into the track.

"The way you go through it is there are devices that create virtual instruments and it's completely customizable," May said. "I'm just now to the point where I can think of something and get it in there."

May said he hopes to create a few more tracks and potentially release a three-song EP, but it depends on how much time he has this season. For now, he's just trying to promote his latest release, using his Twitter account to reach his 12,000 followers. He hosted a live chat on Periscope on Thursday, talking about everything from his song, his love for his cat, LC, and baseball.

"I didn't build a huge hype for it, but I just kinda did it," May said. "But my timeframe is I kinda wanna see how much we can raise by Opening Day. It gives it about a month of being up. I'm trying daily to do something to promote it. Like last night, I did a Periscope, and tonight I'm going to go on Reddit again and try to get the word out and let people know what the Community Fund does and how it's great for youth baseball and RBI Baseball in the Minneapolis area. I figured I'd use a skill-set off the field I have to raise money."

May said another idea of his is to host a live show at a venue in the Twin Cities during the season with the money raised going to charity. He has done live shows before, but never with an affiliation with the Twins. He also hopes to eventually make a song that goes mainstream and is picked up by a label, but for now, his main focus is on the upcoming baseball season.

"One of my goals is to have a song signed by a label," May said. "It's on my bucket list. I just don't know when, especially because when I have time for this is the offseason, but now it's baseball season. But it's fun. If I have an idea, I can put it down, but I'm not worried about releasing anything during the season. And if I do, it'll be to benefit something in the Twin Cities."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.